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State Fire Marshal Sends Resources to Paisley as Brattain Fire Threatens Community - 09/15/20

Gov. Kate Brown has declared a Conflagration to address changing conditions as the Brattain Fire threatens Paisley, in Lake County.

The Brattain Fire in Lake County is currently threatening lives, structures and property as it moves closer to Paisley. Forecasters yesterday had issued a Red Flag Warning for strong, gusty winds and low relative humidity.

The Office of State Marshal mobilized three task forces, who are at the incident today. Two task forces were sent from Oregon structural fire agencies and one task force was deployed from Idaho, following the state’s request for out-of-state resources through the state’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Those resources joined existing local, state and federal resources currently at the incident.

Prior to last night’s declaration, Gov. Brown had made a statewide Conflagration Act declaration, and Oregon structural fire service resources from more than 100 agencies have been mobilized to 11 conflagrations statewide in a week.

For the past two days, weather systems have allowed some crews in Oregon’s fire service to begin pulling off of current deployments, while additional resources have arrived and are being mobilized from Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Washington and Idaho.

Calls for assistance from impacted fire districts continue to be managed through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed on the Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/.

To learn more about wildfire evacuation readiness go to: www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Wildland-Urban-Interface.aspx#evacuation.

State Fire Marshal Active in 11 Conflagrations Statewide - 09/14/20

On Sept. 7, an unprecedented wind event began across the Northwest in the early evening. Winds from the east gusted up to 50 mph across the state of Oregon, fanning the flames of existing large fires on the landscape. 

The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS), made up by the Oregon structural fire service, worked nonstop, from the initial onset of fires beginning the evening of Sept. 7 and throughout the following days.

In accordance with ORS 476.510 - 476.610, Governor Kate Brown determined that threats to life, safety and property existed due to fire, and those threats exceeded the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's statewide Conflagration Act declaration authorized the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize resources to assist local resources battling the fire.

"We have structural firefighters from across the state working around the clock to save lives and homes," said State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “The Oregon Fire Mutual Aid system provided initial attack to fires throughout Oregon to provide basic life safety and structural protection with the primary focus of saving lives. The state’s mutual aid system has proven critical during this historic series of events.”

Eleven incidents were declared conflagrations over the past week, including a statewide Conflagration Act declaration, where the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System was able to surge resources for assistance. The statistics provided below are current as of Sept. 12.

  1. Beachie Creek: Several communities in Marion, Linn and Clackamas Counties. 188,374 acres. 0 percent contained. 37,032 structures threatened.
  2. Holiday Farm: Along Hwy 126 west of McKenzie Bridge to Vida in Lane County. 161,872 acres. 5 percent contained. 23,556 structures threatened.
  3. Two Four Two: Chiloquin in Klamath County. 14,450 acres. 10 percent contained. 1,278 structures threatened.
  4. Almeda Drive: Ashland to Medford in Jackson County. 3,200 acres. 60 percent contained. 16,763 structures threatened.
  5. South Obenchain: Eagle Point and nearby communities in Jackson County. 25,000 acres. 20 percent contained. 4,175 structures threatened.
  6. Archie Creek: Steamboat Springs to Glide on Hwy 138 in Douglas County. 115,857 acres. 10 percent contained. 1,856 structures threatened.
  7. Slater: Happy Camp, CA north to O’Brien in Josephine County. 122,006 acres. 0 percent contained. 900 structures threatened.
  8. Riverside: Estacada, Molalla, Sandy and surrounding rural communities in Clackamas County.132,526 acres. 0 percent contained. 172,972 structures threatened.
  9. North Cascades Complex: Communities in rural Clackamas County. 2,060 acres, 0 percent contained, 65 structures.
  10. Lionshead: Marion and Jefferson Counties and Warm Springs Reservation. 138,718 acres. 5 percent contained. 340 structures threatened.
  11. PowerLine: Cherry Grove in Washington County. 126 acres. 100 structures threatened. OSFM has since disengaged from this incident.

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Contacts:
Nikki Fisher, Press Secretary and Public Engagement Advisor
Office of Governor Kate Brown
Nikki.FISHER@oregon.gov
503.689.2509

Rudy Owens, Public Affairs Specialist
Office of State Fire Marshal
udy.Owens@osp.oregon.gov">Rudy.Owens@osp.oregon.gov
503.934.8217

Beachie Creek Fire - Limited Media Tour - 09/12/20

Salem, Ore. – While access along Hwy 22 remains difficult and the general public are not allowed inside the fire perimeter, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be providing a limited media tour along Hwy 22 tomorrow morning (Sunday, Sept. 13.)

COVID-19 safety precautions are of critical importance to our firefighters and law enforcement professionals. To maintain safe distancing and due to the need for safe transport, we will be allowing one videographer to represent local news stations, one photographer for local print media and have two spots for unaffiliated national/international news outlets.

The limited vehicle caravan will be escorted by law enforcement and fire representative to ensure the safety of media members and answer questions.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to provide you with information and images during this unprecedented time.

CONTACT: Stefan Myers, Public Information Officer, 503-597-8076

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Santiam Fire Press Briefing, Sept. 9, 4 p.m. (Photo) - 09/09/20

Salem ­– There will be a press briefing held at Chemeketa Community College in Salem for the Santiam Fire.

We will have incident commanders Brian Gales, NWIMT 13 and Les Hallman, Office of State Fire Marshal Green Team, Operations Chief Bill Neckels and Marion County Sherriff Joe Kast. All presenters will give updates on the events of the fire.

Time: 4 p.m., Sept. 9, 2020

Location: Chemeketa Community College, South of building 8

Media Parking: Blue lot, next to building 8

Live stream: Facebook.com/santiamfire2020

Media information line: (503) 597-8076

Media email: e2020@gmail.com">santiamfire2020@gmail.com

 

Additional Resources:

Incident Facebook: facebook.com/santiamfire2020

Incident Media E-mail: Santiamfire2020@gmail.com

Phone: 541-583-0526, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7001/

Oregon Smoke Blog: http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/p/air-quality-now.html

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State Fire Marshal Mobilizes Blue Incident Management Team to Alameda Fire in Southern Oregon - 09/08/20

Gov. Kate Brown has declared the Alameda Fire in Jackson County a Conflagration.

The Alameda Fire is currently threatening lives, structures and property in Jackson County, impacting the communities of Talent, Phoenix and Medford.

The invocation of the Conflagration Act by Gov. Brown cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fires.

The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team has been mobilized and will be leaving tonight for Jackson County. 

The deployment follows the deployment earlier today of the OSFM’s Green Incident Management Team to what is now called the Santiam Fire, in Marion County, and what is now called the Holiday Farm Fire, in Lane County, with the Red Team.

Evacuation orders in Jackson County have been issue by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Currently, the state is seeing multiple fire starts. Strong winds and extremely dry conditions helped accelerate the growth of multiple new and existing fires in the last 24 hours statewide, impacting the Oregon fire service and state and federal wildland firefighting agencies throughout the state.

Calls for assistance from impacted fire districts continue to be managed through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed on the Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/.

Evacuation information in Jackson County can be found on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/JacksonCountySheriff/.

To learn more about wildfire evacuation readiness, go to: www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Wildland-Urban-Interface.aspx#evacuation.

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Holiday Farm Fire Update, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. (Photo) - 09/08/20

Holiday Farm Fire – This fire started yesterday, although the exact cause isn’t yet known. The fire is currently burning on both sides of Highway 126 and the McKenzie River. It is moving west from approximately mile post 47 and is currently two miles past Vida. The fire is estimated at 37,000 acres.

At 2:33 a.m. the Governor declared this fire a conflagration. This allows local resources from across the state to help, however firefighting resources are extremely scarce due to the large number of fires burning in Oregon and along the entire west coast.

There were a number of residents who were unable to evacuate due to roads blocked by fire and debris. After several roads were cleared, firefighters helped 46 people escape the evacuation zone this afternoon.

Three Lane County Task Force teams responded around 8:30 p.m. last night to help fight the fire. They were blocked in due to fallen debris on roads. The crews were in a safe area and no firefighters have been injured. As of 1:45 p.m. today the road has been cleared and the firefighters were able to return to the firefight. Rescue, evacuation work and road clearing continue throughout the area.

Despite the hard work of firefighters, the fast-moving flames have destroyed homes and structures last night and today. Crews are diligently working to find anyone still trapped in their homes and will assess the damage over the coming days.

This fire damaged communications towers throughout the area. Communications are limited along the Highway 126 corridor. Teams are actively working to reestablish effective communications.

Additional wild land fire suppression resources, including an Oregon Department of Forestry Type 1 Incident Management Team, are continuing to arrive. These personnel will be looking for every opportunity to attack the fire directly.

Weather/Fire Behavior:

Conditions will make rapid fire spread likely for at least the next two days; a red flag warning remains in effect until Thursday. Winds are blowing smoke and ash from the Holiday Farm Fire throughout the area.

Evacuations:

Evacuations remain in effect due to this fire, impacting the communities of Vida, Blue River, Mohawk, McKenzie Bridge, Leesburg, and Waterville.

The Lane County Sheriffs' Office is the lead agency for all evacuation-related information.

Resources for Evacuees:

The updated evacuation point is Thurston High School for those in Blue River and west of Blue River. People east of Blue River are encouraged to travel east to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond (3800 SE Airport Way).

William has opened the Bob Keeper Center (250 S. 8-M St., Springfield, OR 97478) and William Adult Activity Center (215 W. C St., Springfield, OR 97477) as temporary rescue shelters for community members who have been evacuated or lost power.

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage

37,000

Fire
Containment:

0%

Start Date and Cause:

September 7, unknown

Incident Commander:

Ian Yocum, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Red Team

For Additional Information

Facebook:  facebook.com/Holiday-Farm-Fire-118457783322010

E-mail: Holiday@gmail.com

Lane County Sheriff’s Office: https://www.facebook.com/LaneCountySheriffsOffice

Lane County Emergency Services: lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?paged=17035134

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State Fire Marshal Mobilizes Oregon Fire Service Resources to the Holiday Farm Fire and the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires (Photo) - 09/08/20

Gov. Kate Brown has declared the Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires in Marion County and the Holiday Farm Fire in Lane County as Conflagrations.

The Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires were active overnight in the Santiam canyon. The Holiday Farm Fire is active near McKenzie Bridge.

The invocation of the Conflagration Act by Gov. Brown cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fires.

The Office of State Marshal’s Green Incident Management Team has been mobilized to the Beachie Creek Fire and Lionshead fires and the OSFM’s Red Incident Management Team has been mobilized to the Holiday Farm Fire.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, four task forces from Marion, Benton, Linn, and Clatsop counties are deployed with the Green Team to support the Santiam Canyon communities being impacted by the Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires.

Two task forces from Polk and Yamhill counties are deployed with the Red Team.

Currently, evacuations have been ordered near both fires by local law enforcement.

In addition to its deployment of two IMTs, the OSFM has sent resources to Klamath County to support local firefighting resources who are responding to a fire near Collier State Park.

The predicted wind event has impacted much of the state. Multiple requests for structural firefighting resources have been made through the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System.

All Oregonians should monitor communications coming from their local emergency response systems and communications from local law enforcement agencies, who are responsible for ordering evacuations.

The OSFM is asking residents to keep their fellow Oregonians and firefighters in their thoughts.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:

• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook: www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal/

• Oregon Department of Forestry Facebook: www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry/

• ODF statewide wildfire blog: https://odfwildfire.wpengine.com/

• Wildfire Evacuation Readiness: www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Wildland-Urban-Interface.aspx#evacuation

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State Fire Marshal Mobilizes Additional Oregon Fire Service Resources to White River Fire - 08/29/20

The Oregon State Fire Marshal has mobilized four additional structural task forces to support the three task forces sent Friday to the White River Fire, near the community of Pine Grove, in Wasco County.

The mobilization of resources followed Gov. Kate Brown’s Conflagration declaration on Friday, clearing the way for the OSFM to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The four task forces mobilized today to join the OSFM’s Red Incident Management Team are being sent from Benton, Yamhill, Lane, and Douglas counties. Benton and Yamhill task forces should arrive at incident around midday, followed by Lane and Douglas task forces at approximately 4 p.m.

All arriving structural fire resources will self-screen with the Wildland Fire COVID-19 Screening Tool prior to mobilizing and at the staging area in Tygh Valley. Crews will be working to protect threatened structures and property.

The Red Team will be working in unified command with PNW Team 3 on this incident.  The two teams have unified into one team, managing incident resources under one operational plan.

The OSFM continues to maintain active communication with the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System to assess availability of structural firefighting resources in the state.  Sufficient resources remain available to address anticipated needs based on forecasted conditions and current incidents.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:

• White River Fire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteRiverFire

• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal

• Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff

State Fire Marshal Mobilizes Oregon Fire Service Resources to White River Fire - 08/28/20

Gov. Kate Brown this morning has declared the White River Fire a Conflagration. The White River Fire is active near the community of Pine Grove, in Wasco County. It has burned 4,500 acres as of this morning and is 10 percent contained.

The declaration made by Gov. Brown cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The Office of State Marshal’s Red Incident Management Team has been mobilized. Three structural task forces from Central Oregon and Clackamas and Washington counties, and personnel from the OSFM, are arriving this morning and early this afternoon at staggered intervals using COVID-19 mitigation measures at the staging area in Tygh Valley. Crews will be working to protect threatened structures and property.

The Red Team’s Incident Commander Ian Yocum will unify command with the interagency team currently in place.

Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:

• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal

• Wasco County Sheriff’s Office Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff

• Mt. Hood National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MtHoodNF